LATEST: 2,888 positive COVID-19 cases in Springfield; 130 reported deaths

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno along with health officials will provided a Springfield COVID-19 update Monday morning at City Hall.

Mayor Sarno stated on Friday, there were five new cases reported, Saturday 4, and Sunday 8 cases. Three more COVID-19-related deaths have been reported making a total of 130 within the city. COVID-19 testing sites in Springfield will be available until September 12. Phase III has been paused in the state of Massachusetts according to Governor Baker.

Cooling centers within the city will be open Monday through Wednesday as high temperatures are to be expected this week. 

Baystate Health Update:

  • 28 positive COVID-19 patients at Baystate Medical Center; 1 in ICU
  • Recent outbreak has been fully contained at Baystate Medical Center
  • Patients are encouraged not to hold off on non-COVID-19 related treatment 
  • About 1,000 patients are tested for COVID-19 a day
  • 1.4 percent positive rate
  • State of MA average of positive rate is 1.8 percent

Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Medical Center

  • 300,000 COVID-19 related deaths are predicted in the U.S. 
  • 6 confirmed COVID-19 patients at Mercy Medical; 2 in ICU
  • 29,000 COVID-10 tested performed since March of this year
  • 2.0 percent positive rate 
  • Focus remains on re-enforcing safe care for all
  • Process to treat outside patients from other facilities have changed
  • Patients who come in from other health facilities are treated in a separate environment from the COVID-19 area for extra precaution
  • Outdoor seating for breaks have been expanded 

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • 112,458 confirmed cases in Massachusetts 8,514 deaths
  • 7,600 confirmed cases in Hampden County; 707 deaths
  • 2,888 confirmed COVID-19 in Springfield; 130 deaths
  • 84 positive COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks in Springfield
  • Numbers will increase on a daily basis due to more residents being tested
  • Tapestry testing site have tested 84 residents when 25 was expected; walk-ins welcome
  • Outdoor events have been reduced to 50
Averages of COVID-19 cases in Springfield

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • 1 crew member out on quarantine – recently returned from Rhode Island 
  • No one out with COVID-19 
  • Water pressures are back to normal after a major water main break on East Columbus Ave
  • Smokey Bear’s birthday is 75 years old today!
  • Heat advisory in place; Air Conditioners should be plugged directly in an outlet, not an extension cord 

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • First-quarter with remote learning will be opened in Springfield (September 15)
  • Re-evaluations will be conducted after the first quarter of school
  • August 19 virtual summer school graduation will be celebrated
  • Three to five weeks will be set aside for staff training before remote learning begins

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